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Buddha's skull enshrined in Nanjing

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A Buddhist relic believed to be the top part of Sakyamuni's skull has been enshrined in Qixia Temple in Jiangsu province's capital Nanjing.

Nanjing's Qixia Temple is the scene of reverence and anticipation.

The abbot of the temple Long Xiang holds the case containing the Buddhist relic.

To sound of horns, Buddhist monks and archeologists publicly unveil the relic for the first time in more than a thousand years.

The relic is believed the only known part of the skull of the Supreme Buddha Sakyamuni in the world. It has been stored in a miniature pagoda named for the ancient Indian Emperor Asoka.

The relic is perceived as evidence of Sakyamuni's enlightenment and spiritual purity. The monks enshrine the relic in a case that will ensure a stable temperature and humidity.

Archeologists document the entire process with photographs and videos.

Qixia Temple has long been one of China's most important monasteries, and remains one of the largest Buddhist seminaries in the country. That makes it a fitting site for the holy ceremony.

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